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CAPITAL OF THE LOWCOUNTRY LOVES ITS BOOZE

Charleston, S.C. was the fourth-drunkest city in the nation in 2012 according to a recently released list from The Daily Beast. Only Milwaukee, Norfolk and Boston were drunker than our not-so-“Holy City.”

According to the list, Charlestonians enjoy on average 15.3 alcoholic beverages per month. Also, 17.9 percent of them are “binge drinkers” – while 8.7 percent of them are “heavy drinkers.” (For the complete list, click here).

How are locals taking the news? Quite objectively, it would appear …

“You can’t blame a string of juiced-up bachelorette parties for stuffing the ballot box while sipping Bahama Mamas at Wet Willies,” observes the website Charleston Grit. “Rather, The Daily Beast says they hired a market researcher (Experian) to collect data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month, per adult, in each metro area. They added in research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (awesome—glad we’re on their radar) and the percentage of residents who are binge drinkers and heavy drinkers (CofC kids, can you please stand up? No? Okay than just sit tight on your stool at Beerworks and hiccup if you understand).”

HA! Pretty good …

For those of you keeping score at home, Charleston ranked No. 12 on this list in 2011. In 2010, Columbia, S.C. ranked No. 13 on a similar list published by Men’s Health magazine – no doubt thanks to the alcohol-related exploits of its mayor. And for that matter S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal, a Columbia, S.C. resident.

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